Your knee has four major ligaments. The knee ligament called the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL...
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Your knee has four major ligaments. The knee ligament called the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. connects the thighbone, or femur, to the shinbone, or tibia. An ACl that is severely torn may be surgically reconstructed with a graft, so that your thigh and shinbones are connected with ligaments or tendons taken from another part of your leg. To do the procedure, the torn ACL is removed and the graft is attached through holes the surgeon drills in the thighbone and shinbone. After the graft is passed through the holes, it is held in place with screws or staples. Incisions in your skin are closed with stitches, tape or staples.
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